“In town you’re the law, out here it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.” With the release of Rambo: Last Blood this weekend, it was finally time to tackle that other iconic ’80s Sylvester Stallone franchise for this month’s premium. We trace John Rambo’s journey from 1982’s First Blood through to the character’s Stallone-directed comeback in 2008 as the body count and explosions continue to increase dramatically along the way. Discussion topics include the franchise’s shifting political stances and messages, Rambo’s iconic knife, the feasibility of playing dead in a helicopter, Rambo’s sketchy relationship with Col. Trautman, and our memories of the ’80s toys and cartoon. Is First Blood truly a great dramatic performance by Sylvester Stallone? Did Rambo help train 9/11 jihadists? Is Rambo one of the most violent movies ever made? This month’s premium podcast no expendable… download it below.
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